Philips Air Fryer (review)

May 13, 2011 · 31 comments

Philips Airfryer fish and Chips

I don’t deep fry very often. I’ll do prawn crackers (noms), pappadams, and I think that’s about it. I occasionally eat oven chips, but I’m doing that less and less. So when I was sent the Philips Airfryer to review, I was looking at it more along the lines of doing my home made chips and the like in a quicker and more efficient way than heating up the oven for a single portion of chips for me.

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I love the colours, and the hideaway cord!

So I decided to first give some homemade chips a go. Simple enough, and then if they’re leftover you can heat them up in the airfryer and the recrisp! (take that, microwave)

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Then, a few nights later, I got all adventurous with the fish and chips. Coated some (half price! what timing!) cod fillets in egg and gluten free flour batter, then added some corn chip crumbs (the homebrand ones are naturally gluten free) and used the divider to cram the chips and fish in the airfryer all at once…

Philips Airfryer fish and ChipsPhilips Airfryer fish and Chips
Mmm unappetising…

About 20 minutes later (I can’t remember, but it’s easy enough to give it a few more or less minutes) we had fish and chips all crispy and ready to plate up with salad.

Philips Airfryer fish and Chips

Will have to say that the basket was a PAIN to clean the batter out of… may have not been its purpose, but I gave up, and Rish found he had to scrub a lot and got a fair bit of green scourer sponge stuck in the wire. The black part was easy to clean though, and I’m sure if we whacked it in a dishwasher (which we’re lacking in and I miss!) like the manual says you can it would come off.

Philips Airfryer fish and Chips

Next, I tried something easy that’s been sitting in our freezer since a vegetarian came to a BBQ at our place, and the closest thing to chicken nuggets I had on hand..

Vegetable fingers

Birdseye Vegetable Fingers, it was. I preheated the Airfryer to 200 degrees for 5 minutes (might have taken less time, but my house is freezing, so I popped it on till it pinged), then whacked a handful in for six minutes.

Vegetable fingers

Look at that! That worked well. And I’m surprised at the amount of vegies in the finger :) With the amount of fish fingers I ate as a kid, this would have been super handy. Which is why I think its new home may be with my sister (if she wants it, I’m yet to ask), who has a toddler, and husband and a bub on the way, I’m sure it wold make chicken nugget cooking more energy and time efficient ;) And with the cost of electricity, and our time poor ways, it may be worth your while… For the rrp of $329 I would say weigh up your options though, it sounds like an expensive nugget cooker. (But who pays retail these days? Shop around, look at sales if you think this is for you, if you find it for say $150 and you do all the stuff that would be cooked in it then go for it, but personally I’m sticking with my regular oven).

Disclosure: I did not receive payment for this review, however I was given the Airfryer to keep and review. The opinions are mine or those of my awesome partner who had to do the washing up.

{ 29 comments }

1 mademoiselle delicieuse May 13, 2011 at 9:37 am

I’ve read a few reviews for this now and am surprised that it actually works quite well! I know, I know, I’m a sceptic but I’m delighted to see it’s a gadget that can do multiple things – as opposed to an omelette-maker, crepe-maker, etc.

2 Fiona May 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

It had some recipes for things that called for placing a very small baking dish in there… smaller than any I had, and I wasn’t going to try to hunt one down (15×15 cm). Maybe it should come as an extra, or included, because there were Brownie recipes and I think you could do a fritata in there and many other over things.

3 mademoiselle delicieuse May 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Not many baking dishes I’ve seen that small – mostly novelty mini cake tins. Assume you can place metal bakeware into the airfryer?

4 Hannah May 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Ooh, interesting to know about the cleaning! I don’t have a dishwasher either (except right now, when house-sitting), so I’ll be keeping that in mind!

P.S. Are the fingers dairy-free?

5 Fiona May 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm

not sure about them being dairy free. they’re so not GF :)

6 Lulu May 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Would love something like this as I hate to deep fry but a lot of Japanese cooking requires it (so I just don`t do it- hot oil, too scary, especially with kids possibly darting into the kitchen)

SIL also won`t deep fry (in a pan, on the stove top at least, same as me) so whenever we eat dinner at the in-laws house MIL has always made something deep fried that her sons love but that she knows SIL and I don`t cook.

Maybe will buy something like this when (Can`t get that one here, I don`t think) we move into a proper house!

7 Susan May 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

It looks good, but not something I would use often enough for it to be allocated space in my kitchen.

8 Fiona May 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

same, it’s fairly big!

9 Veronica May 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I’m really not normally a gadget girl, but this thing looks cool.

10 JD May 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I second the motion of donating this to your sister

11 Fiona May 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm

surprised that wasn’t signed “concerned citizen” :D

12 Concerned Citizen May 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm

better? :p

13 Jen May 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I think it sounds great, but if you do give it to us, I would think that you’ll then be obliged to re-arrange our kitchen so it will fit in somewhere!
Still need to hit up mum to find a space for the pizza oven…

14 Fiona May 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Let me give your kitchen a once over ;) Can we make a shadow board for it?

ps will be up on the weekend.

15 Simon Food Favourites May 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm

i was surprised it worked quite well in cooking up frozen fries. it’s just like a mini fan forced oven. the same result could be achieved in a normal oven but i kind of liked how it’s a little unit you can easily shake up the chips during the cooking process. i guess it will come down to available bench space and if it’s worth having for some people or not.

16 Fiona May 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Yes, the bench space and the price are issues for sure.

17 Rah May 14, 2011 at 9:27 am

the concept of an AIR fryer is freaking me out. it’s like we’re living in the future

18 Fiona May 14, 2011 at 11:23 am

This WAS supposed to be the future…

19 Fiona May 14, 2011 at 11:30 am
20 Lucy @ Lucy eats May 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Wow. I really really want one now. That looks fantastic!

21 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm

This looks pretty cool! Seriously, that’s a fryer that works without oil? Fancy!

I just bought a little toaster oven a while ago and love it a lot because it doesn’t need pre-heating and gets things done much quicker than the big oven. Perhaps that’s a comparable thing to an air fryer. :)

22 Fiona May 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm

You have to have a small amount of oil on some things, but usually just a splash or spray.

23 Anna May 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm

This is a very poorly-written ‘review’. Bloated with off-topic and mindless comments, with the actual review obscure and muddled. For example, does the fryer produce results comparable – in terms of taste and texture – with a conventional grease/oil deep fryer? Good luck finding the answer to that rather fundamental question in this review!

24 Claudia November 20, 2011 at 4:37 am

Yes , Anna it does. We bought one a week ago . We were concern about deep fried foods and cholesterol levels so we decided to buy it and give it a try. Of course is expensive but is about our health which is priceless right ? We previously owned many convencional deep fryers that never work for us at all just because is deep oil . This one cooks with two soup spoons of oil , food has the same taste and texture .We cooked so far chips, potatoes, fries (potatoes and sweet potatoes) , chicken with panko, chicken ,fish and some vegetables .Im still want to try some pastries and chinese like wantans as i comment we only have it for a week. Hope it helps :)

25 Blessedhomemaker November 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Hi, I read that food fried by airfryer gives a very dry texture. Do you face this issue too?

26 Fiona November 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm

not particularly, but it’s been awhile!

27 xmas cracker November 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm

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28 Em January 24, 2012 at 1:09 am

Apparently baking paper or that Teflon coated baking stuff is pretty essential for separating battered products like fish so they don’t stick together. I don’t eat fish but apparently this is so. Makes sense. You wouldn’t deep fry by throwing it all in at once for the same reason. Just saw that tip on tele a few weeks ago :D

29 AJ March 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Hi All,

I bought my airfryer few days ago and so far found it good. I’ve picked it as a case study for my product-design course, and I’ll appreciate if you some of you can spend few mins sharing your experiences so far with the Airfryer–less than 2 for sure. Your few answers will be of immense help to me (plus its a good karma). The questions are at- http://abhinavjain.polldaddy.com/s/airfryer

This review is very interesting. Learned several techniques I can use with my airfryer. Thanks Little Lioness.

Thank you all,
Best,
-AJ

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